Unknown gunmen numbering about 50 attacked the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, causing members of staff and patients scampered for safety.
The attackers who were reported to have arrived in three white hilux vans at about 8 am invaded the facility on Wednesday, shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away from the area and succeeded in chasing away patients and medical from the hospital.
One of the health workers who spoke to newsmen explained that their union had earlier intended to address the media and stage a protest over lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against COVID-19.
But an eyewitness told journalists that the attack was carried out by angry relatives of a woman in labour who was reportedly denied by medical personnel at the hospital.
However, Fisayo Soyombo, an investigative journalist who broke the news on Social media, the gun men used one of the vans to barricade the hospital entrance while they drove the two others into the premises of the hospital.
The attackers, according to him then proceeded to the records and admin departments, where they seized laptops and destroyed a few things and ransacked the Medical Director’s office.
“As the siege went on, the hospital management instructed the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officials in the hospital not to shoot, to prevent bloodshed,” Soyombo said.